Mrazek is attempting to secure a two-year contract from the Red Wings at an average annual value of $5 million, MLive.com reports. That amount is significantly higher than what Detroit is prepared to offer.
If the Wings had it their way, the talented backstop would get an extension worth a reported $2.7 million in 2016-17 and $3.15 million the following season - that's a substantial difference in valuation and it appears that the two sides will have trouble avoiding Wednesday's arbitration hearing. Mrazek won 27 regular-season games for the Winged Wheel in 2015-16, complemented by a 2.33 GAA. Veteran goalie Jimmy Howard was wildly inconsistent and thus is slated to serve in a backup role behind Mrazek this fall.
Scrivens signed a one-year contract with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL on Friday, TSN reports.
Scrivens appeared in 15 games with the Canadiens last season, posting a 5-8-0 record with an ugly 3.07 GAA and .906 save percentage over that span. The 29-year-old backstop will hope to perform at a higher level against slightly lesser competition in the KHL, and may have played his last NHL contest.
Copley appeared in 37 games with AHL Chicago last season, posting a 15-16-3 record with an unimpressive 2.79 GAA and .909 save percentage over that span. The 24-year-old Alaska native will once again share goaltending duties with Jordan Binnington in the minors this season.
Binnington is behind Jake Allen and Carter Hutton on the Blues' depth chart at goaltender, and will thus spend the majority of the 2016-17 campaign in the minors. The 23-year-old backstop appeared in 41 games with AHL Chicago last season, compiling a 17-18-5 record with an unattractive 2.85 GAA and .907 save percentage over that span. Binnington is still at least one full season away from making the jump to the NHL.
Sparks started 17 games between the pipes as a rookie in 2015-16, having recorded a 6-9-1 record, 3.02 GAA and .893 save percentage. The highlight of his season took place last November when he became the first Maple Leaf in team history to work a shutout in his NHL debut. With James Reimer now in Florida, Sparks presumably will serve as the backup to newcomer Frederik Andersen, while his two-way contract gives the Buds the option to transfer him to the minors at a lower price, if necessary.
Bachman wouldn't have become an unrestricted free agent until next summer, but the Canucks decided to give him another deal in anticipation for the 2017 expansion draft. You can safely bypass the 28-year-old in fantasy drafts next season since he's having a tough time trying to land a consistent NHL role.
Bernier has one year remaining on his contract at $4.15 million before he'll become an unrestricted free agent. He was simply awful for the Buds in 2015-16, having recorded a 12-21-3 record, 2.88 GAA and .908 save percentage. Toronto acquired Frederik Andersen from the Ducks in late June, and it's likely he'll pick up a ton of starts in the upcoming season now that Bernier has been shipped out west with a chance to revive his career. Since Bernier is vacating a rebuilding Leafs team to one established and high-powered offensively, this move could result in an uptick in the veteran's fantasy value, though he'll be hard-pressed to wrestle the No. 1 job away from John Gibson.
Markstrom split time with veteran Ryan Miller last season but should be given the opportunity to solidify himself as the starter in Vancouver. The netminder set a career high for games played during the 2015-16 campaign at 33 en route to a 13-14-4 record. If he wants to become a dependable No. 1 option, the 26-year-old will need to lower his 2.73 GAA.
Mrazek received a qualifying offer from the Wings in late June, but evidently the negotiation process has drawn out longer than expected. The 24-year-old backstop made $737,500 last season and is said to be ready to claim the lion's share of the starts in 2016-17. Of course, Jimmy Howard is set to make $5.29 million next season and presumably would need to be moved in order for Detroit to stay under the salary cap. We'd be surprised if Mrazek, who went 27-16-6 with a 2.33 GAA and .921 save percentage last season, is still without a new contract by the time arbitration hearings begin July 20 (and last until August 4).